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MassBike Update

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 27

From MassBike:

 

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Photo courtesy of Mass in Motion

Big news this week when the Healthy Transportation Compact (HTC) met in Boston. At the meeting, MassDOT announced an initial investment of up to $5 million for the critical Complete Streets Certification Program. The program provides competitive funds to cities and towns to create streets that are safe and welcoming for all users. Led by MPHA and MAPC, MassBike and other advocates succeeded in incorporating the program and its funding into the Transportation Bond Bill passed in April. But MassDOT still had to budget the money, and now they have – thank you MassDOT! 

The HTC was created by the 2009 transportation reform law and requires the Secretaries of Transportation, Health and Human Services, and Energy and Environment (and the agencies under their supervision) to work together to get more people walking and biking in Massachusetts. Last year, the HTC added the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, recognizing the link between land use decisions and healthy transportation options. 

MassBike’s Jimmy Pereira at the DSNI Playway

 

Imagine what it would be like to have a street dedicated to bicycling and walking. This street is not a shared bike lane. It is a neighborhood block with houses and open spaces for play and community engagement.

What you are picturing is a playway. Playways are temporary street closures in a residential neighborhood that get community members, especially kids, active. Playways utilize street spaces for people rather than cars. They can be done in many places, from dense urban areas to suburban and rural towns.

Although playways might sound like just another simple, fun event, they have a serious purpose. They create opportunities for activities and exercise, rally communities around open spaces, and connect neighborhoods. Playways allow children to be creative with play. Of course we especially love playways because they promote bicycling to all generations. In addition, by virtue of their simplicity, playways are sustainable in a way that other neighborhood events, such as carnivals, are not. 

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What does it mean to be a MassBike member?

 It means you have joined us at any one of our membership levels to support our programs, such as our Bikeable Communities Program that works with local advocates to improve bicycling conditions in their cities, towns, and neighborhoods. It also means that you can bring your MassBike member card to many local businesses and bike shops throughout the state for a discount.

Join today to support this important work and get access to an exciting array of membership benefits statewide.

 

Organizers of the 9th Annual Boston Bike Film Festival have asked filmmakers with a cycling habit to submit their work to be shown October 24, 2014, at the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington. Film submissions are due September 1, 2014. The event is a fundraiser for state-wide and national cycling advocacy groups, including MassBike and Bikes Not Bombs. Film concepts from last year’s festival ranged from a young man attempting re-learn to ride, to an animated film about a cute bike that moves in next door, a couple of international documentaries, and everything in between. Among the benefits for acclaimed and amateur filmmakers, the Festival offers a chance to get their films in front of audiences who are intrigued and influential to the quality of cycling nationwide. So Come Pedal Your Film! And see the next generation of cycling films!

 Contact The Boston Bike Film Festival or visit them online.

A restful stop along the route.

On August 7-10 we rode the 8th Annual Mass BikePike Tour, and as usual it was a lot of fun. We started in Shirley, MA and went through many picturesque towns. Every day seemed to reveal landscape and scenery more beautiful than the last.

Each year we especially enjoy the feeling of community we get from spending time with so many dedicated cyclists during the tour. We see familiar faces along with fresh ones. We greet old friends and meet new bicycling enthusiasts and advocates.

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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 27

From Boston Bikes:

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Last Bike Friday of the Year!

Kick off your Labor Day weekend this Friday morning by riding to City Hall Plaza and enjoying breakfast with us! Bike in on your own or join a convoy from all over Greater Boston. And, a special challenge for the last BikeFriday this summer: Recruit a friend or colleague to come with you! Don’t forget to tell us you’re coming! Free breakfast will be provided by our friends at Boloco, Larabar, and Iggy’s Bread of the World!

This month we have a new Mattapan/Dorchester/Roxbury Convoy! Complete details on all convoys can be found here.

Photo credit: Lee Toma


Work With Us

We are seeking applicants to join our team of Youth Cycling Instructors. Youth Cycling Instructors teach in-classroom and on-bike workshops to students in grades 2-12 during the school day in the Boston Public Schools. For more information, visit http://www.bostonbikes.org/about/getinvolved/work-with-us/


Bikes Lanes Coming Soon!

We’ve been working hard to get new bike lanes in the ground! Keep your eyes open for new lanes in these neighborhoods / on these streets:

East Boston: Maverick St, Border St, Marginal St, Orleans St, Jeffries St
Mattapan: Ballou Ave, Willowood St, Woodrow Ave, Walk Hill St
South Boston: West 4th St, Dorchester Ave, Albany St
West Roxbury: Baker St, VFW Parkway

There are several other streets that are in design and will hopefully be coming soon!


Vote for the Next Hubway Unicorn

Earlier this month Hubway put out a call for design ideas to be considered in the #HubwayEveryday Bike Design Contest, and five finalists have been selected. Now it’s your turn to decide which one will be turned into a limited edition, one-of-a-kind, “unicorn” Hubway bike.

Click here to view the finalists and cast your vote.

When you vote, you can also enter for a chance to win a free Annual Hubway Membership!

Voting will run through Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, at11:59pm ET, and you can only vote once. The winning design will become the newest ride in Hubway’s fleet of more than 1300 bikes. Place your vote now!


Boston’s First Women’s Festival a Success!

Boston Bikes held New England’s first-ever women’s bike ride & festival earlier this month in Millennium Park. Over 150 women enjoyed riding together, learning new skills, and celebrating with live music, food and fun. It was inspiring to see so many women on bikes, and the happy faces at the finish line brightened an already gorgeous day. Count on watching this event grow and improve every year! We want to thank our generous sponsors including Boloco, Larabar, Hubway, Zipcar, Rialto, Bern, Landry’s, Ferris Wheels, Equal Exchange, the Museum of Science, the Coolidge Corner Theater, and Whole Foods. We’re also incredibly grateful to our partners who led clinics or contributed volunteers to the event, including the Luna Chix, the Boston Cyclists Union, Hubway, and the Boston Bike Party.

And finally, we want to extend a special thanks to Gary and Maureen Briere of River’s Edge Cycling, who provided instrumental logistical support in organizing this event. River’s Edge produces the annual Berkshires to Boston ride, which is coming up in September. There’s still time to register ride, or join River’s Edge for a day as a volunteer.

Pictured above: City Councilor Ayanna Pressley sending off 150+ riders on the first-annual Boston Women’s Bike Ride & Festival.


Mark Your Calendars: Mayor’s Cup & Hub On Wheels

Mark your calendar to come down to City Hall Plaza onSaturday, September 20th for the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup. Enjoy the Boloco Block Party and watch professional cyclists race around downtown Boston. The next day, experience the city on two wheels as part of Hub on Wheels, riding on a car-free Storrow Drive and discovering Boston on a 10, 30, or 50-mile route. And, new this year, you can select to have a portion of your entry fee donated to supporting Boston Bikes programs!More info.


ReadBoston Launches BookBike

Earlier this summer we helped the Boston Public Library launch the Bibliocycle, a mobile library powered by bike. We’re proud to also announce the launch of ReadBoston’s BookBike, a bike-powered trailer that brings books out to ReadBoston’s Storymobile program, which seeks to increase literacy and distribute books in Boston. Click here to see a video about the new trailer.


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MassBike Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 10

From MassBike:

 

Dear MassBiker,
 
In May, we celebrated Bay State Bike Week - a week of fun bike-related events all across Massachusetts. Now, our partners at MassDOT and MassRIDES have put together the results, and here they are!
This year, 7,084 bike trips were made as a result of Bay State Bike Week – that’s2,416 more trips this year than last year! 11.2 tons of emissions were kept out of our air, and Bay Staters saved over $14,000 through one week of biking. And that’s not all – together we burned 1 million calories.
Pretty impressive stuff!
If you participated in a Bay State Bike Week event – or even if you didn’t – we’d love to hear your feedback through our survey. It takes just two minutes to fill out, and will help us make Bike Week even better next year. Click here to fill it out!

Thanks as always and happy riding,

The MassBike Team
Biking on Cape Cod. Photo: MassBike

Back in February, we reported about our ongoing work to improve bike safety for seasonal workers who flock to Cape Cod every summer. Bicycling is often the most convenient, or only mode of transportation available for these workers who come from around the world on J-1 visas to work in area restaurants and resorts.

 

MassBike has been working with a coalition of partners including the Barnstable County Commissioners office, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, and various local police departments across Cape Cod, and we are pleased to announce the launch of the Regional Bike Safety Education and Awareness Campaign.

 

Plans call for a busy season of outreach and activities to ensure that seasonal workers, and all people who ride a bike on Cape Cod, have the knowledge and equipment to travel safely and enjoyably by bicycle.

 

Visibility while riding after dark has been an ongoing concern, so making sure people who rides bikes have lights is a top priority. MassBike made the connection between light vendor Planet Bike and coalition partners, who secured a discounted purchase of approximately 2,000 lights. These lights will be distributed at various outreach events. In addition, police officers will have a supply of lights in their cruisers, and will be instructed to distribute them to people they identify who are riding at night without lights.

 

Photo: The People’s Pint

Training Wheels is a delicious new session IPA by The People’s Pint with an extra special bonus: a percentage of profits will be donated to support MassBike’s work and mission to make bicycling better across Massachusetts!

The People’s Pint, a brewpub located in downtown Greenfield, has been serving up their own delicious craft beer and locally sourced food since 1997. The People’s Pint has been promoting bicycle transportation in Western Massachusetts in its own unique way since 2003. Participants earn credit for every mile traveled by bike, which can be redeemed for gift certificates to be used in the brewpub. To date, they have recorded over 63,000 miles traveled by bike instead of by car.

According to The People’s Pint, Training Wheels is a “hop forward American session ale, low on alcohol but big on hop aroma, with generous additions of local and west coast hops which impart an aroma of tropical fruit and resin.”

So where can you enjoy a glass of Training Wheels? If you live in or are visiting the Pioneer Valley, stop by The People’s Pint in downtown Greenfield, open daily for lunch and dinner. You can also order a cold pint of Training Wheels from the tap atThe Foundry in Northampton.

Training Wheels is also available by the bottle in stores. Click here for the full list.

Click here to view this story in your web browser
 
Not a MassBike member yet?
Our members make it possible for us to continue the education, infrastructure, and advocacy work we are doing to promote active transportation across Massachusetts.
If you like what you see, please consider membership today.
Join today to support this important work, and you’ll get access to an exciting array of membership benefits statewide.
Is a system like Boston’s Hubway bike share in the future for the Pioneer Valley? Photo: MassBike

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) is currently working to determine the feasibility and interest in a bike share program for the Pioneer Valley. As part of this process, they have launched a new online survey to help gauge demand for such a program in the region.

Bike share systems, like Boston’s Hubway, allow riders to check bikes out from self-service kiosks and use them for short, “point A to point B” trips. When implemented successfully, bike share systems can compliment existing transit systems to give people greater car-free mobility, and boost the number of bike trips in a particular city or region.

According to their website, PVPC is working with the communities of Holyoke, Springfield, Amherst, and Northampton, as well as the colleges UMASS Amherst, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, Mt. Holyoke College, Hampshire College, Amherst College, and Smith College to complete a feasibility study for establishing a pilot-scale Regional Bike Share program.

If you are a resident of the Pioneer Valley resident, or know somebody who is, we encourage you to take 2 minutes to fill out the survey.

Click here to fill out the survey in English.

Click here to fill out the survey in Spanish.

 

Click here to view in your web browser

 

 
 
Looking for the perfect century ride this summer while also supporting your statewide advocate for better bicycling? BikeMass journeys through the lush rolling hills of the Concord and Assabet River valleys of Central Massachusetts. Rides start and finish from NARA Park in Acton.
All proceeds support MassBike’s mission to promote better bicycling across Massachusetts. 100, 62, and 30 mile routes available. The longer you ride, the more you support MassBike!
Non-rider tickets are also available, so you can bring the whole family to partake in the food, drinks and activities!
Photo: MassBike
Did you know that MassBike offers free bike safety trainings to children grades 4 – 8? Each school year, MassBike’s Safe Routes to School Tranings teaches thousands of elementary and middle school children how to ride their bikes more safely. Since beginning our youth education outreach, we’ve brought our school-age workshops to schools in Worcester, Cambridge, Salem, Franklin, Framingham, and dozens of other communities around the Commonwealth.

Would you like your local school to be next?

 

If so, we are currently scheduling classes before the end of the 2013-2014 school year, and for the coming 2014-2015 school year. To get the wheels spinning, contact Erin Reed at MassDOT by email at [email protected] or by phone at857-719-5489.

 

The MassBike Safe Routes to School curriculum reviews basic maintenance, rules of the road, proper helmet fitting, and overall visibility. Our instructors tailor the message to age-level to ensure that these critical safety lessons are most appropriate, effective and empowering. Classes are made possible throughMassRIDES, a program of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that promotes biking, walking, and transit use.

 

Click here to view in your web browser

 


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This Friday Is Bike Friday! Free Breakfast At City Hall, And More!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 24

I am never one to turn down free grub, bike update from the city below:

 

Free Breakfast at Bike Friday - June 27th
 

Join us for fun, music, food, and bike love on City Hall Plaza during Bike Friday on June 27th. Join one of 10 convoys or bike over on your own.
Free breakfast provided by Boloco!
 
To register and for more information visit: bikefridays.org/ 
 
Volunteer as a ride leader: bit.ly/BFvolunteers
We especially need leaders for the Allston-Bright Convoy.

 

Save the date for Bike Fridays on July 18thAugust 29th.
Before you come, check out this video about Bike Fridays:
Save the Date – Women’s Bike Festival, Aug 16th

Visit bostonbikes.org/women and sign up today to receive more info about our women’s program and upcoming Women’s Bike Festival atMillennium Park.

Boston Bikes’ Women’s Program is a series of rides, clinics and events to encourage women to experience the joys and benefits of biking, and to build community among women who bike.

Upcoming Women’s events:
July 10th, 5:30 pm Boston Tasting Tour

Meet at Chinatown Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for a taste of some of Boston’s more unique local restaurants. Your taste buds will travel three continents as we ride through the South End and Back Bay. Ride ends in the North End for dessert on the waterfront.

 

July 19th, Mom and Kid Ride

Location TBD. Enjoy an easy-paced, off-street ride for women and kids! Event includes bike decorating, face painting and an ice cream party.

August 7th, 5:30 pm Farmers Market Tour

Meet at the Ruggles T Station and get your shopping done by bike. We’ll ride to the Bowdoin-Geneva farmers market and end in Dudley Square.

 

More info about these events can be found at bostonbikes.org/women

$5 Hubway Subsidized Memberships

$5 Subsidized Hubway Memberships are available to ALL low-income residents of Boston 16-years and older.

 
Not eligible, but love the idea? Help spread the word!
We work with dozens of local organizations that serve low-income residents and support Hubway membership as an opportunity for more active living. This includes community centers, churches, parent organizations, social justice organizations, affordable housing coalitions, or any group that represents numerous eligible individuals. If you can help us make connections to any community groups, call 617-918-4458 or e-mail [email protected] to find out how you can get involved.
  
*In most cases, college students are not eligible to receive a subsidized membership.
Corporate Hubway Memberships
Did you know your company/organization/school can sign up for a corporate Hubway account and offer discounted Hubway memberships to employees/students? Add this benefit for your employees while providing a green transit option!
You can select the level that is right for your company and get your employees/students out riding in no time!
Register for Hub on Wheels
Join us on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 for the 10th annual Hub On Wheels citywide bike ride, presented by Mayor Walsh and TD Bank. Experience a car-free Storrow Drive, explore hidden pathways and historic neighborhoods, and take in beautiful views of the Boston Harbor. The ride starts and finishes on City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston, with three different routes to choose from: 10, 30 and 50 miles. SIGN UP NOW for what’s sure to be the best ride of the year.
 
New this year: designate $5 of your registration fee to be donated to one of four organizations, including Boston Bikes!

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Boston Bikes Update: Launching A Women’s Program

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 08

From The City Of Boston:

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Boston Bikes’ Women’s Program Launched!

 

Boston Bikes is proud to introduce our new Women’s Program, aseries of rides, clinics and events to encourage women to experience the joys and benefits of biking, and to build community among women who bike. We provide support for women of all skill levels – from the first-time rider to the seasoned urban commuter. Help the Women’s Program grow! Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Twitter! Check out ournew website. Follow us on tumblr, or subscribe to our rss feed. And join one of our upcoming rides or events…

MomandKid

Mom and Kid Ride 6/14 
Please join us for our inaugural Mom and Kid ride, just around the corner on June 14th in Franklin Park. We’ll take an easy loop around the park and then enjoy a picnic and ice cream social courtesy of JP Licks.  Bikes, kids, ice cream – what’s not to like? We’re offering a free kid’s pass to the Franklin Park Zoo to the first 100 people to register (requires purchase of adult zoo pass), so sign up now! And yes, we love dads too… mom and kid are welcome to invite the men in their lives.

BikeSocial

Women’s Bike Social to Boston Breakers 6/19

For women looking for a (slightly) more grown-up night on the town, our Women’s Bike Socials provide a fun weeknight outing by bike, each with a different theme and destination.  On June 19th we’ll ride from the JP Boat House to Harvard Stadium, where the Boston Breakers will take on the Seattle Reign. We’re offering free tickets to the soccer match to the fist 30 women to register.  Space is filling up fast, so sign up now!

 

LTRLearn to Ride Clinics

For women who never learned to ride or who can’t remember the last time they were on a bike, our Learn- to-Ride clinics provide on-bike training led by experienced urban riders. Our free two-hour clinics help women gain the skills and confidence to get on a bike and keep on rolling.

 

FestivalWomen’s Bike Festival August 16

Finally, toward the end of the summer we’ll celebrate our success with a Women’s Bike Festival. Group rides, clinics, mountain biking, kids races, food, music, fun! Mark your calendars, August 16th, Millennium Park. Stay tuned for more details.

  Pledge

Help Grow Boston Bikes’ Women’s Program!

Every day more women are choosing to bike, but we need to keep the momentum growing to accelerate that trend. We invite all Boston Bikes’ friends to take the pledge to inspire more women to get on a bike.  

 

If you’d like to volunteer for our Women’s Program events (especially the 6/14 Mom and Kid ride!), please email  [email protected]

Other

In Other News…

Our next Bike Friday is June 27th. Who can resist FREE delicious Boloco breakfast burritos with other cyclists on City Hall Plaza. RSVP to let us know you’re coming. We’re also looking for volunteer route leaders.

And we have lots of events coming up over the summer – bike give-aways, a mobile bike library, community outreach events, and more. If you haven’t already, join our volunteer list so we can plug you in to an upcoming event.

 

 

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Hubway Update

Written by Boston Biker on May 08

From Hubway:

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Hello Hubway riders!

May is National Bike Month! Now that it’s warmed up, we’ll be celebrating all month long, and you’re invited to join the fun! Check out the events below, and join us for festivities and special events in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville.

 

And to make the month even more of a party, City Sports is offering Hubway members 20% off on all cycling apparel, footwear, and equipment! Just bring your Hubway key fob into any Boston-area City Sports store this month, and the discount is yours!

 

Make the most of National Bike Month!

 Ride on,

 

The Hubway Team

#HubwayEveryday

NATIONAL BIKE MONTH NEWS FROM YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD 

 

BOSTON


Mayor Walsh’s Bike Week Festival, Friday, May 9th, 7-9 AM, City Hall Plaza

Free breakfast by Boloco, vendors, music and fun!
Help kickoff Bike Week in the Boston area. Join us for one of Boston’s largest bicycle events at Boston’s Bike Week Festival. Ride into City Hall Plaza with one of our 9 convoys, or just meet up on the plaza for the festival. Get your bike tuned up, meet other wonderful cyclists, and bike home with lots of free goodies!
BROOKLINE

New England’s Largest Bike Parade, Sunday, May 18th, 1 PM, Amory Park

Bicycle Beacon Street like you’ve never done before, with no cars to get in your way. Ride the entire length of our historic avenue – both east and west – all car free! You’ll do a 5-mile loop with Brookline Police leading the way, riding with us, and covering our backs. Like a parade! Join us for food, music, and free ice cream! Registration and bike safety checks begin at 11:30 AM, and the ride starts at 1:00 PMVisit the Brookline Bikes website for details, and register in advance online hereto skip the line the day of the parade!

Coolidge Corner Customer Survey
Do you shop, dine, or bike in Coolidge Corner? Keep Coolidge Corner a great place for all those things!
CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge Bicycle Network Plan is beginning, and the City wants your input! Last year, Cambridge received a Bicycle Friendly City Gold Rating, and is continuing to improve the city for bicycling! Here is your chance to say what you would like the future to look like. What would make Cambridge the most bicycle friendly city on the planet? What are the ways, small or large, short-term or long-term, that would make a difference for you? Visit the Bicycle Network Plan page to learn more about Cambridge’s Bicycle Master Plan,Towards a Bikeable Future, and for details on how to share your ideas.


sound + vision bicycle tour, Saturday, May 17th, 10 AM. The Cambridge Bicycle Committee, in partnership with the Cambridge Arts Council, presents sound + vision, a free bicycle tour of a city-wide sound art installation. Orientation begins at 10 AM, at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway. Ride departs promptly at10:15 AM.

SOMERVILLE

Bike Commuter Breakfast,Monday, May 12th, 7-9 AM, Beacon Street in the Star Market parking lot near Petsi Pies
Stop by for scones, snacks, and a chat about biking in Somerville. Get your bike checked by Bike Boom and come see Bicycle Belle’s cool bikes!


Hubway, Regional Bike Investments Build Community
The Somerville Times, May 1st
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

“In early April I joined in the reopening celebration of Hubway, one of the smartest bicycle infrastructure investments our region has made-and one of the most telling when it comes to understanding how our city and our nation are evolving. The country is undergoing the greatest demographic shift since the 1950s when people fled cities for the suburbs. Today that trend is reversing.”

 

BIKES NOT BOMBS’ 27th ANNUAL BIKE-A-THONJUNE 8th

“THE BEST THING THAT I’VE DONE.” CLICK THE VIDEO, GET INSPIRED TO RIDE!

 

Join Bikes Not Bombs for their largest event of the year, the Bike-A-Thon on June 8th(rain date June 22nd)!

 

New for 2014 the Bike-A-Thon has four new routes: 10, 30, 50 and 80 miles. Departing from the Stony Brook T station the ride features picturesque roads and each route includes at least one rest stop, one with a swimming option! In the afternoon join the Rider After-Party with free food, live music, a raffle and prizes for our largest fundraisers, best team costumes and more.

 

Registration is only $20 for those 18+, $10 for those 17 and under. All adult participants are responsible for meeting a fundraising minimum of $150 and youth ages 3-17 must raise $75. All of the funds raised go directly to the non-profit Bikes Not Bombs which runs local programs like youth Earn-A-Bike and recycles and reuses bicycles for theirinternational programs in the Global South.

 

This ride will be fun for the whole family with an easy 10 mile ride for young riders or can serve as a great training tool for any longer rides planned for this summer. Register today!


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on May 02

 

 

 StreetAmbassador

Training to become a Street Ambassador, May 7
Make change happen. Become a Street Ambassador this summer.

 RSVP for May 7 training today.

 

In 2012, our Street Ambassadors helped win huge interim improvements along the McGrath Corridor as part of our Remove McGrath Campaign. They even made national news while doing it!

 

In 2013, our Street Ambassadors helped win a safer and more livable Massachusetts Avenue Bridge as part of our Better Bridges Campaign.

 

In 2014, we want you to join our Street Ambassador team to:

-collect postcards in support of our Safer Streets Campaign

-help with tactical urbanism in Cambridge and Greater Four Corners

-represent LivableStreets at events throughout the summer

-and more!

 

“Whenever I see a bunch of folks standing on a corner in bright orange shirts I know they are fighting the good fight and getting stuff done.” - 2012 Street Ambassador

 

Attend the training on May 7 at 5:45pm to become an Ambassador and help create safer and more livable streets in Boston.

 

Wins

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WinNext generation street design guide adopted by MassDOT  

Protected bike lanes now have
 the official backing of Massachusetts DOT. Photo credit: Green Lane Project

Major kudos to MassDOT for making Massachusetts the second state to officially endorse the National Association of City Transportation Official’s Urban Street Design Guide, considered the next generation manual for designing more livable streets. Yes to more innovation!

 

For years, advocates have hit a brick wall with government and their consultants: “The Green Book and MUTCD say you can’t do that.” Since 1914, the “Green Book” has controlled street design, such as how wide car lanes should be (and no separated bike lanes allowed). And since 1971, the Manual on Urban Traffic Control Devices has controlled the use of traffic signals, signage, and striping, providing barriers to good bicycle and pedestrian design (e.g., no bike signals, no leading pedestrian walk time). Mass. Transportation Secretary Rich Davey says the NACTO guide provides “essential design principles for safe, multi-modal urban streets and attractive public spaces that embody our sustainability mission.” You know change is in the air when the Federal Highway Association urges all transportation engineers to use the new guide. With Ned Codd as the new director of MassDOT’s GreenDOT transportation sustainability initiative, we look forward to seeing the new NACTO guide in action.

Newsworthy

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PoliciesPolicies that could make it easier to live car-light

Which one(s) should Boston adopt?

New York City launches “fair”
tolling campaign.

 

In recent StreetLife newsletters, we shared news that major city centers across Europe, from Brussels to Madrid, are hoping to go car-free to reduce air pollution and traffic, and to create space to enjoy other activities.

 

The news continues about cities flirting with these ideas, but there is a catch. A recent article in The Atlantic Cities notes that even though places such as Boulder, CO and Portland, OR are known for walking and biking, they are still not seeing any significant mode shifts despite huge investments in these activities.

 

The cause? “The crucial component that’s missing is that we’re not implementing any policies that disincentivize driving,” says Daniel Piatkowski. The article suggests, “We could reduce parking availability or raise parking rates. We could implement congestion pricing. We could roll back subsidies for gas and highways and public parking garages. We could tie auto-insurance rates or infrastructure taxes to how much people actually drive.” Read on.
This is a really important point. Fitch Ratings, the third-largest credit rating agency in the US, discusses it in their March 12 press release, urging policymakers to plan for changing travel demands. Fitch Ratings highlights U.S. Census Bureau data revealing record transit use and multi-family home construction across the country. “In our view, the transportation needs of the next 50 years will be markedly different from those of the past 50 years. U.S. policymakers must begin adapting their current decisions to these future needs.” Read on.

One neighboring city that is exploring policies to discourage driving and plan for the future is New York City. On March 20, The Atlantic Cities published an article describing how NYC is toying with one policy idea to limit congestion and increase transportation options. The idea is called “fair tolling:” a plan to charge drivers fees that will go to funding public transit, led by group Move NY. Read on.

Questions for you: Where are the places that you choose not to drive to because of limited parking or high cost, and instead choose another way of getting there?
 

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MassBike Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 22

From Massbike:

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Child Safety Day hosted by Boston Police Department

What do the Northampton Tweed Ride, Jamaica Plain Free Pancake Breakfast, Franklin Bike Rodeo, and over 170 other local bike events around Massachusetts all have in common?

They are all part of Bay State Bike Week, the annual celebration of human-powered transportation across Massachusetts. With temperatures quickly rising, it’s time to polish off that dirty bike you’ve been riding all winter, or dust off the one that’s been idling through the coldest months, and get ready for this year’s festivities.

Every year, bike enthusiasts across Massachusetts plan events in their communities. Events range from bike safety classes for children to rides of silence to commuter breakfasts and beyond. Last year’s festivities even included a tour of Pioneer Valley wineries!

This year’s Bay State Bike Week will be from May 10 through May 18. Visit theBay State Bike Week website to learn about events happening in your local area, how to plan an event, or to add your event to the calendar. Be sure to like Bay State Bike Week on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and keep up to date with the hashtag
#BSBW.
 

Bay State Bike Week is a partnership between MassBike, MassDOT, and MassRIDES, in collaboration with local advocacy leaders, bike shop owners, and anyone else who likes seeing others go by bike.

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Last Thursday, advocates for better walking and biking came together for the 3rd annual Massachusetts Bike/Walk Summit at the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill. Organized in partnership between MassBike and WalkBoston, the summit was an opportunity for attendees to meet with their elected leaders and talk about about the importance of promoting active transportation around the Commonwealth.
The keynote speaker this year was Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett, who talked about the Mass in Motion program and how expanding opportunities for walking and biking will be necessary for achieving important public health outcomes like reducing obesity and associated chronic diseases and bringing down health care costs.
This year’s topics of discussion with lawmakers were the two safety bills, theVulnerable Road Users Bill and the Bike Lane Protection Bill, the importance of continued funding for Mass in Motion programs, the necessity of gas tax indexing for meeting statewide mode shift goals, and increasing funding for Department of Conservation and Recreation to ensure adequate maintenance and staffing of their facilities.
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Our members make it possible for us to continue the education, infrastructure, and advocacy work we are doing to promote active transportation across Massachusetts.
Join today to support this important work, and you’ll get access to an exciting array of membership benefits statewide.

Residents of Easthampton and surrounding communities in the Pioneer Valley will have to seek alternate routes if they are planning to travel along the Manhan Rail Trail corridor this spring and summer. MassBike’s Pioneer Valley Chapter(MassBike PV) reported the closure on Facebook yesterday.

The closure is due to construction related to the Pioneer Mills Project, and portions of the trail will be closed through June. MassBike PV has provided a helpful map of the construction area and suggested detours. The Manhan Rail Trail has a total length of 6 miles within Easthampton and continues for several miles into Northampton where it connects with a system of trails in that city.

Follow MassBike PV on Facebook for regular updates. Do you have any updates about this project to report? Please let us know at [email protected].

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Which bike tour takes you along scenic routes through quaint Central Massachusetts towns, including stops at swimming holes, homemade ice cream stands, and even a Trappist beer brewery, and let’s you pedal along at your own pace while chatting with the new friends you just made at breakfast? The Mass BikePike Tour does, of course!
Now in it’s seventh year, this tour, designed to appeal to riders with a range of experience and abilities, proudly calls itself “The Friendliest Ride in the East”. This year’s tour will take place August 7 – 10.
The tour starts in Shirley, and riders will explore the apple country, visit the 18th century utopia of Harvard, savor the all-day breakfast at old-fashioned classic dinerin Oxford, and try to pick which town green is the most beautiful – it’s a tough call! Along with the beautiful scenery, riders can look forward to the climb to the top ofPurgatory Chasm. Beer-lovers will enjoy the chance to ride by the monastery that is the first and only certified Trappist Beer brewery in the United States!
Each evening features a pre-dinner “social hour”, a nightly campfire/stargazing, and optional field trips to local attractions. The Mass BikePike Tour is affordably priced and all proceeds benefit MassBike. The tour is fully supported with cues, arrows, sag vehicles, rest stops and staff.
 
Spaces go quickly, so sign up now to reserve your space! The tour also offers volunteer spots to offset the cost of signing up. For more information, please visitwww.massbikepike.org.
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Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers make up a huge part of our success, so we want to make volunteering with us even better. Anyone who volunteers ten hours of their time will automatically earn a MassBike membership. TUESDAY, MAY 13: MassBike Volunteer Night

5:30 – 8:00 PM | MassBike Office | 171 Milk St, Suite 33 | Boston, MA 02109

Join us for free pizza and cold beer (generously provided by Harpoon) at our monthly volunteer night. This is your opportunity to help your state-wide bicycle advocacy group while having a good time and meeting great people. Space is limited, so please RSVP if you’d like to join us.

 

Volunteers help MassBike send out our monthly membership renewal reminders, prepare membership packets, and help out with other activities.

FRIDAY, MAY 16 & SATURDAY, MAY 17: Radio 92.9 Earth Fest

Multiple Shifts | DCR Hatch Shell | Storrow Drive | Boston, MA 02116

MassBike will once again be providing free bike valet parking at Radio 92.9 Earth Fest on Saturday, May 17. Volunteers will help bike valet with bike valet setup on Friday evening and Saturday morning, and with running bike valet during the event. Multiple shifts will be available and details will be announced shortly.

 

Bike Video

First day of spring cycling

This little video shows snippet of everyday life in one of our favorite cycling countries, the Netherlands, where roughly 20% of all trips are made by bicycle.
Can you picture what Massachusetts might look like with 20% of all trips made by bicycle?

SATURDAY, APRIL 26


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